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Reining in the high horse

Do you say ‘weep’ ever – except inside a poem?

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Guest — Antony Mair
Yes, yes, yes. A couple of others: "beneath" instead of "under" and "within" instead of "inside".
Sunday, 15 January 2017 12:02
Guest — Chris Hardy
Weep: my father, who died aged 92 in 2013 - used to use 'weep' whenever he talked about 'crying'. He came from a mining family in ... Read More
Sunday, 15 January 2017 15:59
Guest — Ruth Aylett
I do use weep in ordinary life occasionally for that state where tears come out of the eyes without any scrunching of the face or ... Read More
Sunday, 15 January 2017 16:39
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Dreams and Rejection

So I’m dreaming and in the dream, I’m thinking, this dream wouldn’t make a good poem because it’s stuck.

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The Strangeness of the Present Tense

I pick up the book in my left hand. With my right I riffle through to page 31.

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Guest — Gill Learner
Good points! Whenever someone takes a poem in the past tense to a workshop there's always one, not always the same, who'll say 'Yo... Read More
Sunday, 20 March 2016 10:59
Guest — Claire Booker
Very well argued point. There are fads in poetry like any other artistic endeavour. Is it perhaps also that we seem to be increasi... Read More
Sunday, 20 March 2016 12:50
Guest — Helen Ashley
Talking of 'analysing', Claire, I find it very strange to listen to post-rugby-match analysis, with present-tense analysis such as... Read More
Sunday, 20 March 2016 14:21
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A LAMENT FOR RHYME

On the absence of rhyme during the reading window

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Guest — Annie Fisher
The only poems I can write are brainless rhyming ditties, And if you lot don't like them then I'm sorry, it's tough titties! Sorr... Read More
Sunday, 20 December 2015 11:37
Guest — Nell Nelson
I nearly SAID 'All comments on this blog' should be rhymed. So this one was well-timed. ;-)
Sunday, 20 December 2015 11:42
Guest — George Simmers
Thanks for the honourable mention, Nell. You state the would-be rhymer's problem well. Though in Italian, most words rhyme with m... Read More
Sunday, 20 December 2015 14:20
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THE INCONVENIENCE CAUSED

The question is: what is ‘the ‘caused’ doing?

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Guest — Annie
It does sound odd when you think about it. Maybe the message should be: ‘We are sorry for you.’ Never mind feeling sorry for the i... Read More
Sunday, 07 October 2012 09:41
Guest — Nell Nelson
Thank you for the comment caused...
Sunday, 07 October 2012 09:55
Guest — Mike Munro
It's not just the language that is redundant, it's also the sentiment. Who is sorry? No particular individual feels much penitence... Read More
Monday, 08 October 2012 09:31
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